Former Nebraska basketball guard Anton Gill worked out with the Charlotte Hornets this week ahead of the NBA Draft which starts Thursday.
Gill’s first workout with the Hornets was on June 16. A native of Raleigh, Gill says getting to work with the team he grew up with has been a dream come true.
If I was able to get a chance here, it’d be a dream come true,” Gill said. “This is a team I’ve watched (since I was little), so anytime I can come back home and be around an environment like this is a blessing.”
Gill battled back from a knee injury his junior year to play in 31 games this past season. He averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 rebounds while shooting 37.8 percent from three as a co-captain.
While he hasn’t shown up on any NBA mock drafts, Gill was a former top-100 recruit and initially went to Louisville before transferring to Nebraska in 2015.
Despite dealing with injuries and having to sit out a year due to transfer rules, Gill is confident he has the skill set to make him effective at the next level.
“For one, I compete, and I work hard,” Gill said. “I love the game, I love to learn, I ask questions. I just think I’m a good basketball player. I can knock down shots, I can defend, I can do whatever you ask me to do. So, I feel like I’m a guy you can throw out there and be effective.”
Gill scored in double figures nine times in the 2017-18 season, scoring a career-high 21 points in 25 minutes against UTSA on Dec. 20.
While he may not be called an NBA team, there’s a strong chance that Gill can go play overseas. Either way, he’s enjoyed his time working out with a pro team close to home.
“It was really exciting,” Gill said of the workout. “I’m just working hard and waiting for a call. I just want to take advantage of an opportunity.”
"If I was able to get a chance here, it'd be a dream come true. I've been watched [the Hornets] since I was [young]. Anytime I can come back home and be around an environment like this is a blessing" – Anton Gill (Nebraska) #BuzzCity pic.twitter.com/b38nLL1lYY
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 16, 2018
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